Rugby

1:51 AM BST World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport’s ruling body said on Wednesday. Rugby’s governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 countries that make up the Six Nations and Rugby Championship to enter into exclusive negotiations. World Rugby identified
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11:51 AM BST Mathieu Bastareaud will not be part of this year’s Rugby World Cup after the Toulon centre was left out of France’s 37-man squad on Tuesday. Bastareaud, who was vice-captain for Les Bleus during a disappointing Six Nations campaign, did not feature in the squad list of 31 or among the six standby
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3:57 AM BST Cancer survivor Christian Leali’ifano says he will never forget his close bond with the Brumbies after announcing a deal with Japanese club rugby for next season. In-form skipper Leali’ifano will complete a celebrated 12-year association with the Canberra-based Super Rugby team when they contest the looming finals. He’ll then possibly turn out
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3:05 AM BST ESPN staff Seattle Seawolves made it back-to-back Major League Rugby titles on Sunday as they defeated San Diego Legion 26-23 at Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego. The result was in doubt right up until the final minute when Brad Tucker touched down to score the match-winning try, after the
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11:19 AM BST Drinks giant Diageo has ended its long-term sponsorship of London Irish rugby club in response to the signing of former Ireland international Paddy Jackson, who was found not guilty of rape last year. The former Ulster flyhalf had his contract revoked by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) following the trial in
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1:44 AM BST Brumbies flyer Tevita Kuridrani has re-signed for another Super Rugby season as Australia’s form outside centre eyes a Wallabies recall ahead of the World Cup. It’s a significant win for Rugby Australia who are losing Queensland Reds skipper Samu Kerevi to Japan, and the Brumbies with several club veterans departing at the
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1:53 AM BST Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi holds no grudges with the national body after confirming a three-year deal with Suntory in Japan’s Top League from next season. The Queensland Reds captain will play his final game for the Super Rugby franchise in Canberra on Saturday and, under current rules, will be ineligible for Wallabies
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2:55 PM BST England coach Eddie Jones will see out the remaining two years of his contract while defence coach John Mitchell has extended his deal until after this year’s World Cup, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said Thursday. Jones’ contract runs until 2021 with the original plan that he would mentor his successor for
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10:14 AM BST Tonga is keen to draft Wallabies exile Israel Folau into its national program with a view to handing him a Rugby World Cup berth in 2023, coach Toutai Kefu has said. Former Wallabies fullback Folau, who has Tongan heritage, had his four-year Australia contract torn up last month for posting on social
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11:24 AM BST Warren Gatland has been confirmed as the head coach of the British & Irish Lions for the tour of South Africa in 2021. Gatland will coach the Lions for a record third successive time after leading the team to victory in Australia 2013 and earning a historic draw against New Zealand in
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Jun 14, 2019 Brittany Mitchell Close ESPN Assistant Editor Brittany Mitchell has been a sports fan from an early age, with a keen interest in netball, cricket and rugby. Brittany interned at Rugby Magazine and the Australian Rugby Union before joining ESPN. Andy Withers Close ESPN Senior Editor Andy loves all sport, in particular football,
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